19/08/2010 07:33 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Supervision Order For Ten-Year-Olds Guilty Of Attempted Rape

A judge has handed down a three year supervision order to two ten-year-old boys convicted of the attempted rape of an eight-year-old girl.

The pair, who are Britain's youngest sex offenders, were found guilty at the Old Bailey in May, but upon sentencing yesterday, were deemed too young to understand the gravity of their actions.

Mr Justice Saunders also ordered the youngsters' mothers to sign the Sex Offenders Register on their son's behalf for the next two and a half years.

Dispensing with his wig and gown, the judge told the boys: 'The jury decided that you did something very wrong which if you had been older would have very serious consequences for you.

'But you are very young and while I do not accept what happened was a game, I do accept that you didn't realise how serious what you were doing was.'

What do you think?
Is a supervision order ever a suitable punishment for this sort of offence?